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Hyōteki (Target)

Red Horizon (A)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

標的 Hyōteki (Target) 

by Kusaka Kenji, 1975

IHL Cat. #1052

About This Print

There's a wonderful mix of perspectives in this print achieved with single point perspective and embossing. The target set in the middle of the horizon leaps forward at us while we travel down a road toward the distant hills with blue sky beyond.

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Source: 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, Gaston Petit, Kodansha International Ltd., 1973, p. 202-203
"By 1971 he reached the point of no return.  With the perfect placement of the egg form, all other known references have disappeared.  Of importance is the spatial tension which has a totally new reading.  We cannot live and breathe in that space as we did in his former works.  Curved lines float at the horizon, suffused with lyricism."  

Label on Mat

Purchased at auction, this print was deaccessioned by The Cleveland Museum of Art.  Interestingly, they maintain one print from the artist Kokoku- A Profound Solitude for Existence, 1975 in their collection.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1052
 Title 標的 Hyōteki (Target) 
 Series n/a
 Kusaka Kenji (b. 1936)
 Pencil signed by artist – Ken Kusaka
 Publication Date 1975
 Edition 7 of 40
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - mat hinging tape verso upper corners not visible from front
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 12 1/2 x 18 5/8 in. (31.8 x 47.3 cm)
 H x W Image 10 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. (26 x 39.4 cm)
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